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Team news ahead of Tuesday's League Two clash between Crawley Town and Northampton Town at Broadfield Stadium.

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McFadzean: Available for Red Devils

McFadzean: Available for Red Devils

Crawley are set to welcome back Kyle McFadzean and Claude Davis.

McFadzean and Davis were among the players punished for their part in the post-match brawl that marred last month's 2-1 win at Bradford.

The defensive duo served the final game of their suspensions when the Red Devils drew 1-1 with AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, although Pablo Mills is still banned.

Caretaker manager Craig Brewster has further disciplinary problems to contend with as midfielder Hope Akpan received a straight red card in the opening stages against the Dons, while Sergio Torres will serve the second game of a three-match ban for his dismissal against Barnet on Easter Monday.

Charlie Wassmer is expected to retain his place at centre-back having been handed only his second start of 2012 at the weekend, but the game comes too soon for David Hunt (broken foot) despite the right-back returning to light training.

Crawley, who are certain of an League Two play-off place, will move back into the automatic promotion places on goal difference if they beat Aidy Boothroyd's side.

Ben Harding remains an injury doubt for Northampton ahead of their trip.

Harding missed the home defeat to Bradford on Saturday and Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd believes the away game at Hereford at the weekend is a more likely target for the midfielder's return.

"Ben has got a little bit of Achilles tendon trouble," said Boothroyd. "It's nothing too serious but with the grounds getting a little bit harder now and with the amount of games he's played in a short space of time the last thing I want to do is give him a problem.

"He will be doubtful for Crawley - we're going to give him a fitness test but we are more looking for Saturday's game."

Boothroyd added: "We came through Saturday's game okay, we picked up the usual bumps and bruises but nothing that is too serious."

Defender Byron Webster and attackers Lewis Young, Jake Robinson and Lewis Wilson are among the options for Boothroyd should he wish to make changes.

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League Two Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
13:00
Bristol R v Rochdale  
15:00
Dag + Red v Chesterfld  
Exeter v Torquay  
Fleetwood v Wycombe  
Hartlepool v Morecambe  
Mansfield v Cheltenham  
Newport v Burton Alb  
Northamptn v Portsmouth  
Plymouth v AFC W'don  
Scunthorpe v Oxford Utd  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 43 25 77
2 Chesterfld 43 27 75
3 Rochdale 43 19 75
4 Fleetwood 43 14 72
5 Burton Alb 43 8 71
6 Southend 43 15 65
7 York City 43 9 64
8 Oxford Utd 43 7 62
9 Plymouth 43 -6 58
10 Bury 43 9 57
11 Dag + Red 43 -3 57
12 Mansfield 43 -6 57
13 Newport 43 -3 54
14 Portsmouth 43 -11 54
15 AFC W'don 43 -5 53
16 Cheltenham 43 -9 52
17 Accrington 43 -3 51
18 Morecambe 43 -14 50
19 Hartlepool 43 -5 49
20 Exeter 43 -6 49
21 Wycombe 43 -9 47
22 Bristol R 43 -10 47
23 Northamptn 43 -19 47
24 Torquay 43 -24 39

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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